NEW TO WOODWORKING?
If you are new to woodworking, or have never been to a
specialty lumber company before, you might be surprised
when you get here. We are proud to stock lumber from six
continents (sorry, Antarctica), with many available in
several thicknesses, and most in the highest grade for
your furniture and cabinet making needs. Our lumber is,
in most cases, available in both rough and milled form,
letting you choose which works best for your capability
The majority of our rough lumber is sold as "Random
Width / Random Length". You should expect to find
lengths between 6' and 16', and widths between 5" and
11", depending on the species. Also, most rough lumber
will not be separated by width or length, and will
usually not have an abundance of one width or length.
Because rough lumber is so varied in size from board to
board, it is sold by the "Board Foot" - a volumetric
measurement totaling 144 cubic inches. For example, a
board 1" thick, 12" wide and 108" long equals 9 Board
Feet (1" x 12" x 108" = 1,296 cubic inches. 1,296
divided by 144 = 9 Board Feet). A board 2" thick, 6"
wide and 108" is also 9 Board Feet (Twice as thick, half
as wide). Lumber measurements are always based on the
original dimensions of the rough board - NOT the net
product. A "1x8" was 1" x 8" before it was milled to
3/4" x 7 1/4".
Often, a customer will be surprised to find that his/her
lumber adds up to much more than they planned to buy, or
that they purchased the exact board footage that the
plans called for and still came up short. Here are a
couple of tips to avoid these surprises:
SET A REALISTIC WASTE FACTOR!
Lumber is a natural product, and color variation,
knots, wane, sapwood and end-checking are par for the
course. Simply put, the rough boards are only the
"gross" products FROM WHICH you get your "net" pieces.
Some species, especially Cherry and Black Walnut, can
require as much as a 30%-40% waste factor (if you want
nothing but knot-free, sap-free lumber). And even those
rare, flawless boards may be a bit wider and longer than
ALWAYS BRING YOUR CUT LIST!
If you are working off plans, make sure to bring every
page with you, especially the cut list. Many plans will
have cutting diagrams based on nothing but 8' lengths of
1x6's and 1x8's, and are often very wasteful. With rough
lumber of varying width and length, YOU determine the
waste factor - not the plans. Just find a board you
like, determine what pieces you can get from it, and
cross them off the list. Repeat until finished. Most
importantly, without the exact cut list, you could only
guess whether that little knot is in the way or not.
I found a very good post from a Sawmill Creek forum that
sums up the process perfectly.
Click Here to read it.
WE OFFER CUSTOM PLANING,
MILLING AND SANDING!
Once our customer has selected the lumber for a project
(such as a table top, stair treads or a specific piece
of furniture), we can then mill, glue and sand the
product for them. They will then complete the
finishing process and utilize the product.